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Burke fires back at WI GOP for criticizing her lack of a jobs plan

Burke fires back at WI GOP for criticizing her lack of a jobs plan

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MONROE (WKOW) -- Mary Burke is pointing the finger back at Republicans who are questioning why she hasn't released a jobs plan yet.

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate made those comments after a tour of the career pathway classes at Blackhawk Technical College Tuesday afternoon.

Burke says its good to see young people utilize such programs to find careers that pay a decent salary, but for those currently working and still living in poverty, she believes the minimum wage needs to go up.

"When people have money to spend it supports a healthy economy and that increases over a number of years and is a gradual increase," said Burke, who sat down for a one-on-one interview with 27 News after her tour.

Burke also says the state needs more jobs, but the Republican Party of Wisconsin has been hammering the former state commerce secretary recently for not saying just how she plans to accomplish that.
   
"I think if I go back to when Scott Walker was running in 2010, I don't think it was until March or April that he had a jobs plan, so, I don't understand why the Republicans are taking those shots, but absolutely it will be in the next month or two," said Burke about when she plans to release a formal jobs plan.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin has yet to respond to questions about when Gov. Walker released a jobs plan in 2010.

The talk wasn't all about jobs though, as Burke also threw her support behind the federal lawsuit the ACLU announced yesterday, challenging Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban.

"I think it is about people's freedom.  And I support that freedom to choose," said Burke.

Governor Walker has yet to comment on that lawsuit but has voiced support for the ban in the past.

Minimum wage, same-sex marriage and campaign fundraising could all become wedge issues in the race.

The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign found that over half of Gov. Walker's donations for 2013 came from outside Wisconsin.  80 percent of Burke's came from inside the state.

"I'm concerned that our Governor's going to be chosen by people outside of this state and that its money from people outside of Wisconsin who are going to buy this Governorship," said Burke.

Governor Walker did some more out-of-state campaign work on Tuesday, attending a reelection fundraiser at the home of Texas real estate billionaire Harlan Crow.


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